“Queer” should not be reclaimed given its painful history as a slur

The word “queer” has undergone something of a renaissance during the past few decades. Colleges are implementing “queer studies” programs, the LGBT+ acronym has been expanded to become LGBTQ+ in many uses and more and more people are using it as a term of endearment. 

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Pressure for immigrants to adopt “American” names strips them of significant cultural identity

United States immigrants are often pressured to choose an “American” name in place of their non-American birth names. This common practice stems from many reasons including easier pronunciation, less chance of discrimination and appreciation for their nation of refuge. 

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Differences within dating culture give merit to gendered labels

In the realm of dating, it has often been said that men who have multiple female sex partners are considered “studs,” but women who have multiple sexual encounters with men are classified as “sluts.” 

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Cancel culture is counterproductive, harmful to well-being of celebrities

It’s no secret that one must use caution when posting online—everything that’s posted is permanent. Whether it’s those spring break pictures from the Caribbean or that angsty teenage poetry on Tumblr, everything floats around in cyberspace forever. 

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Fictionalized accounts of true crime should be viewed critically rather than as entertainment

With the anticipated release of Hulu’s newest original series “The Act” less than a week away, it’s time society reevaluates its relationship with true crime stories. Following the life of convicted murderer Gypsy Blanchard through dramatic reenactment, “The Act” is expected to fall in line with other popular true crime media by exaggerating and glorifying the gruesome reality.

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College admissions conspiracy highlights corruption, privilege

News of perhaps the largest college admissions scandal in the United States broke on Tuesday March 12. More than 50 wealthy parents were involved in a bribery scheme that allowed their unqualified children admission to some of the country’s most prestigious colleges and universities. 

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Public must educate themselves regarding universal impacts of fentanyl, drug abuse

Thursday March 7 marks the six-month anniversary of rapper Mac Miller’s death. Before his accidental overdose, Miller was active on Instagram and he was set to start touring in October 2018. Things seemed okay for Miller—normal, even. 

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People should ignore harmful body image standards, embrace self-love

Body image is an increasingly prevalent issue, especially with the expansive use of social media. Models on Instagram portray a supposedly “picture-perfect” figure and Facebook advertisements depict weight-loss supplements for a “summer body,” but none of these portrayals come anywhere close to an accurate depiction of the average human. 

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Problematic Kardashian family empire must fall, viewers should redirect attention elsewhere

It’s no secret that the Kardashian-Jenner family is one of the most famous families in Hollywood today. With the whole world able to see into their lives through “Keeping up with the Kardashians” and their constant social media posts, this family feeds off of the attention given to them from any medium possible.

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Restrictions on laptop use in class should be eliminated

When entering Geneseo, students are asked to sign a contract with the school, stating they will adhere to the guidelines of the Student Code of Conduct. Within the Student Code of Conduct, it says it is mandatory to own or have access to a laptop to attend the college. What the college fails to recognize is that laptops cost anything from $800 to $2,000, an amount of money that most people do not have lying around. 

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Social media organizations must properly protect, compensate content moderators

Thanks to content moderators, the unseen heroes of social media, people can be relatively positive they won’t stumble across something extremely graphic or triggering on their feed. Everyone deserves to feel safe while scrolling and to know that the disturbing content others post is being monitored and removed relatively quickly.  

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Geneseo must expand, simplify dining options for people with specific dietary restrictions

Geneseo prides itself on its abundance of food options, specifically for people with dietary restrictions. In fact, Geneseo’s apparent abundance of options is so coveted that it is highlighted on campus tours for perspective freshmen. 

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Professors should be given education training to optimize student learning outcomes

As a student here at Geneseo, it has become increasingly evident that the academic staff is filled with intelligent and talented individuals. This fact, however, does not always make them the best candidates to relay their knowledge to students.

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Media must focus on formal announcements in presidential race, instead of speculations

Many Democratic politicians have announced their intentions to run for president in 2020. People with varying levels of popularity and recognition—from Cory Booker to Pete Buttigieg—have thrown their hats into the ring. 

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Geneseo must make effort to be more environmentally conscious for the sake of comfort, monetary concerns

Walk into any dorm room in the winter and the most common sight will be an open window. Go back to your residence hall at night from class or the library and locked, empty academic buildings will be lit up like a Christmas tree. The amount of money that Geneseo unnecessarily wastes every day on unused electricity—that could be used for better purposes—is astounding.

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Oscars function better without hosts, other award shows should follow suit

After Kevin Hart renounced his opportunity to host the 91st annual Academy Awards and the Academy decided to go ahead without a host, many viewers were wary about the broadcast. Nevertheless, the ceremony on Sunday Feb. 24 proved to be successful and quite possibly changed the future of award shows. 

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Criticism of Ariana Grande’s single is unfounded, based on sexist double standard

It has been a tremendous couple of weeks for pop superstar Ariana Grande. The success of her most recent album thank u, next is quite literally record-breaking as Grande holds the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart. This may be the best year of Grande’s career to date—but success never comes without criticism. 

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Football executive’s solicitation charges demonstrate need to recognize sex trafficking

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was criminally charged for soliciting prostitution in connection with a month-long Florida investigation on Monday Feb. 25. Although much of the coverage of Kraft’s crime has focused on the sensational side of his celebrity, we must focus on the larger issue: human trafficking.

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Students should stop binge drinking, further consider consequences

As a self-proclaimed nerd and try-hard, the idea of spending two nights a week getting hammered is appealing, yet revolting. On the one hand, it’s absolutely wonderful to be able to unwind after a few long, hard days of classes and seemingly endless hours spent in the library. But in hindsight, it’s dreadful. This apparent universally accepted binge drinking culture that completely abuses young minds and bodies is not okay. 

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Systemic racism still present today, must be dealt with more seriously

Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam confirmed that he appeared in a racist yearbook photo depicting one person in blackface and another in the KKK’s unmistakable white hood on Feb. 1. Since then, Northam has apologized, but he still ignores consistent public calls for his resignation. 

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